Friday, October 10, 2008

Miscellaneous

We've been hearing from numerous different sources that it's not good to microwave in plastic because harmful chemicals bleed into the food when the plastic gets too hot. Makes sense. Almost all of our kids' plastic bowls/plates and our Gladware storage containers are warped and bubbled from being microwaved and from the 'heat dry' setting on our dishwasher. We've been slowly making changes... heating up food in our Pfalzgraff dishes, removing saran wrap, turning off the 'heat dry' setting on our dishwasher, etc. We finally just decided to chuck all the kids' plasticware all together and invest in Corelle for them. We started last night by purchasing 6 khaki colored bowls (so they match RD and I's dishes). We hope to gradually add 3 more bowls and 9 plates.

Here's Benjamin standing by just some of the clothes from our summer-fall transfer.

And this was just a pretty meal we had the other night:
Italian couscous, edamame (soy beans), and salad.
Yum!

3 comments:

Michelle M. said...

We are doing the same thing around here. I try not to use plastic at all, but something (like sippy cups) just need to be plastic. They do make thermos-like sippy cups, but they are $20 a pop!

MelissaD said...

Yikes! $20?! Eh, for now I guess we'll stick to sippies. I never microwave them anyway. Plastic "bleeding" probably isn't much of an issue with them.

simplyserina said...

we use and love corelle, for everyone in the family. it's lightweight and very durable.

i'm glad you're moving toward being plastic-free. you can get stainless steel klean kanteens (google them) for $12-18, but then there's shipping. i like greenfeet.com. there's also foogo by thermos, which can be found on amazon.com or in target stores; they have a little 7 oz. sippy and bigger kid-sized cups for $15. it's an investment, but each kid only really needs on or two cups. the cups get washed out every day or two and dried overnight.

we also only put water or tea in them, because the openings are smaller and harder to get your hands in for scrubbing. we just switch to little glass cups early on (around two) for milk and other drinks, like the occasional juice. little recycled jam jars are free and pretty hard to break.

lastly, if you still choose to stick with plastic, #2 plastic is the safest one. and always handwash, which causes the plastic to stay intact longer (dishwashers can wear them down).